What’s the difference between TAE 2.0 and the superseded TAE packages?
Core unit changes
- Inclusion of two new units of competency in the core units of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools and TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy. TAE40116 now has nine core units and one elective unit, and is not equivalent to the superseded qualification TAE40110
- Inclusion of TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills and removal of TAELLN401a Address adult language literacy and numeracy skills from the core units of TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training. TAE50116 is not equivalent to the superseded qualification TAE50111
- Addition of new TAESS00010 Advanced Assessor Skill Set
- Addition of TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools into the TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set. TAESS00011 is not equivalent to the superseded skill set TAESS00001
- Changes to content in some units of competency
Unit structural changes
- More detailed assessment requirements including performance evidence and knowledge evidence
- Inclusion of foundation skills in unit of competency documents
- Removal of range statement information from unit of competency documents
Detailed information on the changes to content within training products can be found by using the ‘compare’ tool on the training.gov.au website.
What do I have to do to have the new training products put on my RTO’s scope?
ASQA has provided advice on this issue here:
Specifically, you should be aware:
“All registered training organisations, whether currently delivering the old Cert IV TAE qualification (TAE 40110) or not, will need to apply to ASQA should they wish to offer the updated qualification.
Reflecting the critical role this qualification plays in assuring quality in the VET sector, all applications for this qualification will undergo enhanced scrutiny by ASQA. The application process will include strengthened evidence requirements including requiring comprehensive training and assessment strategies and copies of previous assessment records. In some circumstances, restrictions may be placed on RTOs as to how the qualification is delivered.”
What do the changes mean for existing trainers and assessors?
The updated TAE Training Package was released to training.gov.au on 6 April 2016. At this time the VET Standards have not changed and there are no additional requirements for existing trainers and assessors.
The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Industry and Skills Council intends to review how the new training package may apply to existing trainers and assessors. Pending this review, trainers and assessors who hold the existing Certificate IV in Training and Assessment may be required to update their qualification to ensure it is equivalent to the new qualification.
We are unaware of a specific time frame in which this review may occur.
ASQA has also release a clarification on this issue:
When does the preceding TAE Training Package (Version 1.0) expire?
Training products are usually removed from an RTO’s scope of registration 12 months after the release date of the superseding product. However, the expiry date for the superseded TAE products has been extended to 18 months and is therefore 5 October 2017. According to ASQA’s Standards, this means RTOs must not enrol, train or issue qualifications to students in any superseded TAE units of competency after this date.
Following the expiry date, students enrolled in superseded TAE courses must be mapped over to the new TAE 2.0 training package.
Where can I find information about unit equivalencies between the new TAE Training Package and its superseded qualifications?
The Implementation Guide for TAE Training Package (Release 2.0) provides unit mapping information and details on equivalencies with superseded units. Mapping information can be found on the training.gov.au website.
What is PwC’s Skills for Australia’s role in the TAE Training Package (Release 2.0)?
PwC’s Skills for Australia became the Skills Service Organisation for the TAE Training Package in January 2016. Our role in Release 2.0 is to assist RTOs and other interested parties in understanding the new training products, to take on any feedback, and to identify areas for improvement. Importantly, PwC’s Skills for Australia does not have any regulatory, audit or enforcement functions; these are the responsibility of ASQA.
Will PwC’s Skills for Australia create teaching resources for the new TAE Training Package?
For the time being, we are focusing on working with our Industry Reference Committees to examine areas of improvement in our training products and to ensure they remain industry relevant.
It is important to note that the changes to the TAE were developed in 2015 prior to Skills for Australia being established. Accordingly, we have not developed course materials for the TAE Training Package at this point.
How do I get in touch to talk about these changes?
It is our intention to communicate these changes to RTOs in an open manner. You can subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the TAE Training Package on our home page. We are also contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 714 819.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or comments regarding the new TAE Training Package or any of our other training products.
Over the coming months we will be engaging with the sector on a range of issues related to skills to ensure there will be opportunities to provide feedback on the changes to the TAE.
What is PwC’s Skills for Australia?
PwC’s Skills for Australia is a Skills Service Organisation (SSO) established by the Commonwealth Government to support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work to develop modern and relevant training packages.
When was Skills for Australia Established?
In January 2016 the Federal Minister for Vocational Education and Training announced PwC’s Skills for Australia was one of five organisations selected as Skills Service Organisations to work with Industry Reference Committees to develop and review training packages.
What does Skills for Australia do?
We research what skills are needed in our industries and businesses, both now and in the future, to provide the right skills to match our job needs. Ultimately, this helps Australia stay at the forefront of global competitiveness and support continued economic prosperity.
PwC’s Skills for Australia:
- Identifies and interprets current and emerging trends in the global and domestic economy and how they impact on Australia’s skills needs.
- Reviews our training packages to better match what people learn with the skills needs of our industries and businesses, giving our population the best possible chance of developing work ready skills.
- Keeps employers informed about trends in their industry and listens to their feedback on qualifications and training packages.
What training packages are allocated to Skills for Australia?
AUM – Automotive Manufacturing Training Package
AUR – Automotive Retail, Service and Repair Training Package
BSB – Business Services Training Package
CUA – Creative Arts and Culture Training Package
FNS – Financial Services Training Package
FSK – Foundation Skills Training Package
ICP – Printing and Graphic Arts Training Package
ICT – Information and Communications Technology Training Package
RII – Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package
TAE – Training and Education Training Package
What is a Skills Service Organisation (SSO)?
Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) support Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) in their work to develop and review training packages.
What is an Industry Reference Committee (IRC)?
Industry Reference Committees drive the process of training package development. They are made up of people with experience, skills and knowledge of their particular industry sector. IRCs ensure training packages address the needs and concerns of employers, employees, those who provide training and those seeking its benefits. They have a direct relationship with the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) and are supported by Skills Service Organisations (SSOs).
What is the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC)?
The AISC was established by the COAG Industry and Skills Council in May 2015 to give industry a formal, expanded role in policy direction and decision-making for the vocational education and training sector. Members include industry leaders nominated by Commonwealth and state and territory ministers responsible for skills and training; a peak body representative (rotating between the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Council of Australia and the Australian Industry Group); and two ex-officio members (senior government officials).
Working closely with Industry Reference Committees (IRCs), the AISC prioritises the development of training packages based on industry demand for skills across sectors and to achieve greater collaboration across stakeholders involved in training package development.
What is an Industry Skills Council?
Industry Skills Councils were part of a previous organisational structure, used to reform the VET system. These have now been replaced by the applicable IRC and SSO.
What is a training package?
Training packages are developed to meet the training needs of an industry, or a group of industries. Skills Service Organisations, such as PwC’s Skills for Australia, work with industry to identify skills and knowledge needs in the workforce, and translate these into learning requirements in training products.
Training packages are developed on behalf of our allocated Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) and are endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in accordance with the Standards for Training Packages which are regulated by Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) and the Training Accreditation Council (TAC).
They are made up of three types of training products:
- Units of Competency (UoCs): consist of skills and knowledge requirements aimed at meeting an identified learning outcome, to be applied in the workplace.
- Qualifications: specified groups of units of competency which make up formal certifications, ranging from Certificate I to Graduate Diploma levels, aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
- Skill Sets: specified, small groups of units of competency which form recognised skills or knowledge areas required by industry, regulation or licensing purposes.
How do I use training packages?
Registered training organisations (RTOs) or entities partnered with RTOs, can deliver training products provided they are on their scope of registration.
An RTO’s scope is regulated by ASQA, VRQA and TAC, and RTOs must comply with the Standards in delivering training products.
Companion volumes are available for each training package, with information on qualification mapping, packaging rules and credit equivalencies.
You can also get in touch with us for guidance in interpreting our training packages and mapping rules, or if you have any feedback on our training products.
Training packages and links to their companion volumes are available here.
How can I provide feedback about Training Package products?
Feedback from industry stakeholders helps the Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and relevant Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) to improve the industry Training Packages. It also informs industry advice and intelligence about issues related to the implementation of various training package products.
Skills for Australia welcomes feedback on any relevant Training Package related matter including:
- New units of competency, qualifications or skill sets you would like to see developed
- Amendments to units of competency, qualifications and skill sets
- Suggestions to improve any existing content of a Training Package
Where appropriate, your feedback will be forwarded to the relevant IRC for consideration and additional feedback when required.
Where do I find a Training Package?
Training packages can be found on training.gov.au. You can use the search services (circled in red below) to locate any training package, qualification, unit of competency or accredited course.
How can I find out about registered training organisation (RTO) delivery and teaching requirements?
The COAG Industry and Skills Council has endorsed the Standards for VET Regulators 2015.
The purpose of these Standards is to ensure:
- Integrity of nationally recognised training by regulating RTOs and VET accredited courses
- Consistency in the VET regulators’ implementation and interpretation of the standards applying to RTOs and VET accredited courses, and
- Accountability and transparency of VET regulators.
In regulating RTOs, ASQA, VRQA and TAC apply a risk-based approach and risk assessment framework as required by the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011. This means that regulatory actions and decisions are informed through data analysis and intelligence about emerging risks to quality outcomes in the VET sector. This intelligence is gathered through activities such as:
- Conducting audits and other compliance monitoring activities
- Undertaking strategic industry reviews
- Analysing complaints about RTOs, and
- Engaging with industry, industry regulators and other VET regulators.
Where can I find a list of RTOs that deliver the qualification I want to study and how much it costs?
The Australian Government website My Skills provides information on VET qualifications. Search for a qualification or an occupation you are interested in on the website to find out who delivers the training, what it includes, how much it costs, and what kind of outcomes you can expect.
The cost of training varies across Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Before enrolling in a qualification you should contact your RTO directly to find out exactly how much training will cost and what will be included in that training.
Where can I find mapping information for the current training package and previous versions?
On the www.training.gov.au website, using the quick search function, look up the relevant qualification or Unit of Competency. Then click through to the Unit of Competency Details page.
In the summary under the heading ‘mapping’, there will be a link and details to any superseding or superseded units (see picture below). Unit equivalency should also be noted in this table.
You can also check the course mapping table in the relevant Companion Volume Appendix.
What steps do I need to take to get a course accredited?
The process for course accreditation is directed by the Standards for VET Accredited Courses. In order to have your course accredited you will need to provide evidence to Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or the Training Accreditation Council (TAC) of your consultation with us as the relevant Skills Service Organisation (SSO) for your training product.
As an SSO, our role is to consult with you to determine whether: (1) there is a need for the proposed course to be nationally recognised, and (2) the course does not duplicate any existing training products under training packages.
To allow us to provide a letter outlining our assessment of your proposed course, we ask that you provide evidence of your training product’s eligibility for accreditation against the two criteria:
- There is an established industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need for the proposed course to be nationally recognised
Examples of evidence are letters of endorsement from relevant industry representatives and potential employers of students completing your qualification. Letters should outline how the outcomes of your qualification meet an industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need and why the qualification should be nationally recognised.
- There is no duplication of any existing training products under training packages
Example evidence is a table comparing your training product and existing training packages available on training.gov.au
We are happy to offer further guidance to assist you in meeting these requirements, get in touch with us at email@example.com or 1800 714 819.
- There is an established industry, enterprise, education, legislative or community need for the proposed course to be nationally recognised
Does PwC’s Skills for Australia provide learning resources for its training packages?
We do not currently develop or provide learning resources for our training packages, but some other organisations, including RTOs, make learning resources available for use or purchase.
What is Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and how can I have my past learning/experiences recognised?
Recognition of Prior learning (RPL) is a process for giving candidates credit for skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning. It can be gained at any stage of your life, through formal and informal learning, in Australia or overseas, through work or other activities such as volunteering. RPL recognition will often be followed by gap training to achieve additional units of competency as required.
As a Skills Service Organisation, Skills for Australia cannot award RPL. This is done through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). A list of RTOs can be found at www.training.gov.au.
What is a Case for Change?
Part of the IRCs’ skills forecasts, Cases for Change set out evidence for proposed changes to a training package, including the scope of the research, analysis and industry engagement undertaken to collate the evidence base. Prepared by an SSO under direction of an IRC, they are assessed by the AISC Secretariat then submitted to the AISC.
What is a Case for Endorsement?
The Case for Endorsement sets out the rationale for proposed changes to a training package, including evidence of consultation with the states and territories and evidence that all stakeholder views have been considered. It is prepared by an SSO under direction of an IRC and submitted to the AISC through the AISC Secretariat.